On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 1:43:58 PM UTC-6, Brent wrote:
> On 3/3/2019 4:52 AM, Philip Thrift wrote:
> Here's an example David Wallace presents (as an "outlandish" possibility): 
> Suppose in *pi *(which is computable, so has a *program* (a spigot one, 
> in fact) that produces its digits. Suppose somewhere in that stream of 
> digits is the Standard Model Equation
>     (say written in LaTeX/Math but rendered here)
> https://www.sciencealert.com/images/Screen_Shot_2016-08-03_at_3.20.12_pm.png 
> <https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciencealert.com%2Fimages%2FScreen_Shot_2016-08-03_at_3.20.12_pm.png&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNHE8XfpeGQ3w37URpIkaZkiJ2Jqug>
> So what could this mean? (He sort of leaves it hanging.)
> Nothing.  Given a suitable mapping the SM Lagrangian can be found in any 
> sequence of symbols.  It's just a special case of the rock that computes 
> everything.
> Brent

I guess the point is there is no point to a "law of nature" (e.g. the  SM 
equation above consisting of on the order of 1000 unicode characters in 
source form). It just happens that it works in a narrow domain and that's 
all there is to it.

- pt

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